This project had a goal of providing 24 workshops during a three-year period. These events focused on water use efficiency for specialty crops and how to integrate multiple technologies into water management. Another major focus of the project was to provide these workshops in Hmong and Spanish.
“CIT’s water use efficiency workshops are designed to provide strategies and techniques to growers that will prove useful in making sure every drop counts,” said Center Director David Zoldoske.
Staff and industry experts presented on the latest water technology and management techniques for a variety of crops, including: almonds, citrus, field crops, olives, peaches, pistachios, stone fruit, tomatoes, vegetables, raisin, table and wine grapes and others.
Seminars funded by this CDFA education grant covered:
- water management using different soil moisture and plant stress monitoring technology;
- real-time remote monitoring and web-based scheduling technology;
- pump and irrigation system maintenance and performance;
- the use of soil amendments and airjection;
- distribution uniformity geared towards increasing irrigation efficiency;
- soil mapping;
- and nutrient management.
The events also featured field demonstrations on the Fresno State farm.
An archive of presentations is available at www.californiawater.org by clicking on publications and then water use efficiency. For future events, please visit our calendar of events at www.californiawater.org
Principal Investigators: Bill Green and Kaomine Vang